Admission Requirements

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES
  • Portfolio
  • Letter of intent
  • Drawing exercise

Additional Information

Portfolio Requirements

  • Quantity: 15 copies of original artworks (please see details of requirements listed below)
    • Please note that there is a 5MB limit per uploaded image
    • File formats for images must be either .jpg or .jpeg
  • Variety: You must include:
    • Two pages of drawings, done from observation, which show the entire body (including the head, hands and feet) of the subject, in a variety of poses.
    • Two separate drawings that each demonstrate a two-point perspective drawing of a room in your home. Each of the two drawings should be from opposite corners of the same room in your home.
    • Two pages of drawings done solely from the imagination (character development artworks featuring a variety of different expressions and character poses). Characters should be original and done solely from the imagination. No copying existing characters.
    • Two photographs (one from the front view and one from the side view) of a 6” x 6” clay or Sculpey sculpture of one of your character designs. (Note: Super Sculpey® is a very unique polymer clay, loved by artists, doll makers and animation studios around the world.)  You may use clay or Plasticine, if unable to obtain sculpey.
    • The other eight art pieces may be modeling or animation projects, photographs, photographs of original artworks, technical drawings, paintings or any other art work. Not appropriate: Do NOT include drawings that have been copied from someone else’s work. Copying an existing drawing of an existing character is NOT OK, but drawing an original image of an existing character is OK. Using your own original character is even better. Do not include manga or abstract works.
    • A letter of intent. Your letter of intent is an opportunity for you to communicate in writing why you want to be in this program, what you want to do after completing this program, and anything else you feel we should know about you or your circumstances as we assess your application.
  • Originality: your artworks should reflect your own ideas. We do not accept copying existing drawings/images (they will be disqualified).
  • Scans or photographs of artwork should not be blurry, file format should be .jpg or .jpeg files only.
  • *Please note that flip-books will no longer be collected this year, due to the restrictions surrounding Covid-19.
  • In addition to the portfolio requirements listed above, you also have the option to submit links to your art website (if you have one), to any films/animation (if you have any you’ve made), and to a one-minute selfie-video (which is also optional)
      This short selfie video is not required, but it is an opportunity for you to let us get to know you a bit better. If you choose to do this, please send a link to your video (as an unlisted Youtube video) in which you explain to us, in 1 minute or less, why you want to be admitted to this program, what you hope to do in the future after completing the program, and anything else about yourself or your circumstances that you would like us to know. Please do not exceed the 1 minute limit for the selfie video.

Uploading Portfolio

All requested artwork (above), must be uploaded in high quality .jpg format in the Application Centre by the March 1st deadline.

Timed Drawing Exercise

* NB: There will be no drawing test this year *

Letter of intent

Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent which should provide the Program with information regarding the applicant’s aptitudes, skills and experience and the reason for seeking admission to the program. The student must also demonstrate an understanding of the profession by expressing his or her expectations upon graduating from the Program.  If there is anything else you want to let us know about you, or your academic/artistic history, you may include that in the letter.

You must include two copies of the letter – one that you send it with your application and one as part of your portfolio.

When will I know?

Once all admissible applicants have been evaluated, a decision letter will be made available to you through your application center account on the  application status page mid to late April.  Final acceptance is based on assessment of:

  • Portfolio
  • Academic background
  • Letter of Intent
  • * NB: There will be no drawing test this year *


Frequently Asked Questions

To read answers to some of the frequently asked questions about our program, please click here: Frequently Asked Questions


Application Deadline

March 1

Last Modified: February 1, 2021